SIUE Theater Education Student’s Capstone Project Kicks off the Missouri Thespian Conference

Theater Education major Alex Moore’s production of Tennessee Williams’ “Summer By the Lake,” was chosen to kick off this year’s Missouri State Thespians Conference.

Moore originally graduated SIUE in 2007 after which he worked professionally on various production in Chicago before making the decision to return to SIUE to obtain his teaching certification. Moore has been working with students from Parkway North on his Capstone project, a final assignment for theater education major where they must direct a short play with student’s they’ve been teaching. Moore decided on a Tennessee Williams play because of his long standing attraction to his work.

“Last year I took a course at SIUE on his style that looked extensively at his writing process and how he worked with actors,” Moore Shared, “In researching this production I was able to share with the students how Williams worked with is own personal experiences, they were able to draw on that for their characters.”

The Missouri State Thespian Conference features plays by high school performances from across the state. This years conference will be held in St. Louis January tenth through twelfth.

Moore will complete his teaching certification in May and afterwords is hoping to work either in the public school system or with educational outreach.

“Education was always my goal when I was growing up,” Moore shared, “I love the idea of working in the schools, finding those moments in a student’s life when they realize that theater is a viable career or something that they’re really interested in.”

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